US pilgrims fly out of Jeddah

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US pilgrims have left Saudi Arabia after this year's Hajj concludes. (SPA)
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US pilgrims have left Saudi Arabia after this year's Hajj concludes. (SPA)
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US pilgrims have left Saudi Arabia after this year's Hajj concludes. (SPA)
Updated 23 August 2019

US pilgrims fly out of Jeddah

JEDDAH: A Miami Air International airline flight left King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah carrying 163 American passengers who had completed the Hajj pilgrimage.

The airline launched its first direct flight to the Kingdom after a halt to services in 1997.

Issam Noor, general manager of King Abdul Aziz International Airport, said that the General Authority of Civil Aviation was keen to provide all possible facilities for the arrival and departure of the US flight.

He said that this will encourage other US carriers to operate flights between the two countries.

“The completion of all necessary procedures for the arrival and departure of the flight confirms the readiness of the airport to receive flights from all over the world,” he said.


All-female Saudi tourist group explores wonders of Tabuk

Updated 21 October 2019

All-female Saudi tourist group explores wonders of Tabuk

  • About 20 women from different parts of the Kingdom took part in the sightseeing trip to the province bordering the Red Sea

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s first all-female tourist group has explored the environmental and archaeological wonders of Tabuk in the northwest of the Kingdom.

About 20 women from different parts of the Kingdom took part in the sightseeing trip to the province bordering the Red Sea.

“They were astonished to see such sights in their country, especially the area of Ras Al-Sheikh Humaid,” said Heba Al-Aidai, a tour guide in Tabuk who organized the trip.

“They did not expect to see such a place in Saudi Arabia. They looked speechless while standing close to the turquoise water of the sea. It is a truly breathtaking view.”

Al-Aidai and her colleague Nafla Al-Anazi promoted the trip on social media and attracted a group of homemakers, teachers and staff workers from all over the Kingdom, aged from 22 to over 50.

The tour was educational, too, and the women were told about the history of the places they visited. “They were taken to the Caves of Shuaib (Magha’er Shuaib), the place where Prophet Moses fled after leaving Egypt, and where he got married to one of the daughters of Prophet Shuaib, according to some historians. It was really a positive experience,” Al-Aidai said.

The visitors also explored Tayeb Ism, a small town in northwestern Tabuk, where there is a well-known gap in the towering mountains through which water runs throughout the year.

Al-Aidai said such trips aim to encourage tourism in Tabuk, and introduce Saudi tourists and other visitors to the landmarks of the region.